OFC has made a commitment to promote and structure the sport of beach soccer in Oceania, by means of competitions, courses and other proactive measures, and to encourage its members to do the same.
Tahiti and Solomon Islands have been the dominant forces on the OFC Beach Soccer scene since the programme’s inception in 2006, with multiple appearances at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, while regular beach soccer activities are also now a common feature of a number of member association grassroots programmes.
Beach Soccer courses
The OFC and FIFA deliver a comprehensive range of Beach Soccer development and coaching courses. With the support of FIFA, Beach Soccer in Oceania also receives a major boost with the creation of new facilities such as the pitch at the national academy in New Caledonia under FIFA Goal Project, along with goals and equipment under the Beach Soccer Pitch Programme.
OFC Beach Soccer on the world stage
In hosting the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013, Tahiti set the bar high for all future Beach Soccer World Cups, while a magnificent performance on the pitch from their national team ‘Tiki Toa’ saw them finish in fourth place following a dramatic penalty shoot-out loss to five time winners Brazil in the playoff for third place.
Currently Tahiti sit fourth in the world rankings, while Solomon Islands are in fifteenth place, highlighting the prowess with which beach soccer is played in the region. Our players are indeed ‘born on the sand’.